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Over 700 served at farm breakfast

Visitors wait in line at Kilgus Farmstead during Breakfast on the Farm Saturday / CIFN photo.

FAIRBURY – An annual breakfast raising awareness of the money the farmer makes for growing the ingredients was another success.

Despite the warm weather on Saturday, a large crowd lined-up at Kilgus Farmstead south of Fairbury for the breakfast of biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, milk, coffee and orange juice to benefit Livingston County food pantries.

The meal is sponsored by the Livingston County Farm Bureau Young Leaders group and only costs a dollar. That dollar represents the approximate amount of money a farmer makes for growing or raising the meal ingredients. The retail value of the meal is $2.94 with the farmer’s share of the meal $0.84.

“We served just about 750 people,” said Chris Bunting, Livingston County Farm Bureau manager. “That’s kind of what we planned for – a nice turnout as people were just ready to get out and do something.”

A similar number of visitors attended the 2019 breakfast, as the event was not held last year due to COVID-19. Bunting said the Kilgus family does a great job hosting each year.

Young Leaders is a group of individuals between the ages of 18 and 35 and is another avenue to become involved in agriculture and develop leadership skills while doing various activities.

“We are busy with the adopted classroom program and we’ll be busy with the county fair coming up here in a few weeks,” noted Bunting.

You can see the Young Leaders helping with the Kiddie Tractor pull at next month’s Livingston County Ag Fair near Pontiac. Stay updated on the group by following the Young Leaders Facebook page. They meet on the second Tuesday of each month.

The annual Livingston County Farm Bureau Foundation Golf Outing is coming up this Friday, June 18 at Dwight Country Club.

“Teams are currently full so we are glad with that,” said Bunting.

More than 30 businesses signed up to be hole sponsors at the golf outing.


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